Cannabis is helping many people reduce or eliminate their dependency on pharmaceutical drugs. Statistical facts and data are driving these stats, and Drugabuse.com is an excellent resource to view statistics on the prescription drug epidemic.
The CDC estimates that 90+ Americans die every day from prescription drug overdoses and these are just the numbers that get reported.
America consumes 90% of ALL of the WORLDS opioid supply while only having an estimated 10% of the global population. This is an alarming factor that should concern everyone.
“Opiate-related deaths decreased by approximately 33 percent in 13 states in the following six years after medical marijuana was legalized.” –Drugabuse.com
Light at the End of the Tunnel
With all of the gloom and doom around prescription drugs and the pharmaceutical industry, cannabis is a ray of light at the end of a dark tunnel that can help fight this battle. Cannabis works to help reduce the number of prescription drugs that many patients take and can even help alleviate the need for certain prescription drugs altogether.
“We found there was about a 25 percent lower rate of prescription painkiller overdose deaths on average after implementation of medical marijuana laws,”- Dr. Marcus Bachhuber
According to the stats, cannabis is helping people replace many different pharmaceutical medications. A report released in 2016 stated that 64% of medical cannabis patients report a decrease in reliance upon opioids and other pharmaceuticals when utilizing cannabis.
Here are the top five pharmaceutical categories that cannabis is helping in the fight:
- Anti-Anxiety Medications
- Sleep Medications
Cannabis Can Help
Overprescribed drugs like Tramadol, Morphine, Oxycodone, Fentanyl, and Hydrocodone are the primary source of the opioid epidemic. Luckily, cannabis is helping patients and recreational prescription drug addicts put a stop to their dependency.
While current suggestions claim that reports of cannabis helping prescription drug addictions are anecdotal, the facts are starting to show what so many consumers already know. Cannabis is reducing the dependency on dangerous and potentially deadly prescription drugs.
For additional information, check out “Emerging Evidence for Cannabis’ Role in Opioid Use Disorder” published on the National Center for Biotechnology Information website.
Replacing pharmaceuticals with cannabis is giving many patients a new chance at a healthy life. This is yet another reason why cannabis should be available as a choice for every patient globally. In fact, not only should it be available, it should be covered by insurance in many cases.